Iran’s authorities are using incommunicado detention, prolonged solitary confinement and threats against family members in order to extract forced video “confessions” from women’s rights defenders detained for campaigning against the country’s discriminatory forced veiling (hijab) laws, said Amnesty International. 

The organization has identified a pattern of at least six such cases since April 2019. In one of them, a young women’s rights defender has been subjected to enforced disappearance defender from 2 to 13 July.

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Can you believe that these women have been under pressure to give false confessions for such a peaceful act of protest against compulsory hijab?
Noe Iranian activists tweeting #FreeOurWomen urging authorities to release them. We call on all our sisters worldwide to be our voice

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Saba Kordafshari, aged 20, is one of the women warriors against compulsory hijab. She was arrested on 1 June and has been kept in prison, including 11 days in solitary confinement and many days of interrogations.

During her time in confinement, Saba has endured harsh treatments, physical threats and was put under severe pressure to make false confessions before a camera and denounce her views against compulsory hijab. She was especially pressed to denounce the White Wednesdays campaign on camera. The security service agents promised her she would be released if she “confessed.” Otherwise, they threatened to arrest her mother Raheleh Ahmadi if she did not “co-operate”.

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A video of a teenage girl in Tehran being violently arrested by police after playing with water guns has sparked fury in Iran, once again exposing Islamic Republic’s draconian laws.

The video first published by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist, who campaigns against mandatory hijabs, went viral on Iranian social media networks, and prompted floor of Iranian 30 lawmakers to draft a letter calling on the Minister of Interior to answer for the violent behavior of his officers.

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Canada should impose sanctions Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. and other officials who are oppressing women engaged in peaceful protests against Iran’s discriminatory compulsory hijab laws, women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad said a hearing at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

Addressing the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Canadian House of Commons, during its Iran Accountability Week, Alinejad urged the lawmakers to take stronger measures against the Iranian regime.

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